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Two Somali soldiers killed, US soldier injured in al-Shabaab attack

Two Somali soldiers were killed and a U.S. soldier injured, when an al-Shabaab suicide bomber tried to pass a checkpoint and attack a military compound in southern Somalia but was stopped by the partner forces, reports the Associated Press.According...

Lawyers fear ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero faces risk of torture

The legal team for “Hotel Rwanda” hero Paul Rusesabagina has filed a complaint with the United Nations special rapporteur on torture asserting that Rusesabagina faces an “immediate risk” of cruel treatment as he remains cut off from lawyers, consular...

Ethiopia’s Tigray region to holds poll, in defiance of central government

The Tigray region in northern Ethiopia will head to polls on Wednesday, 9th September in defiance of the central government, the latest challenge to PM Abiy Ahmed from a slew of regional leaders flexing their muscles ahead of next...

‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero ‘kidnapped’ in Dubai – Daughter

The man portrayed in the film “Hotel Rwanda” as saving the lives of more than 1,200 people from genocide was “kidnapped” while in Dubai, his daughter asserts, while authorities on Tuesday gave no further details behind his arrest on...

Two students, a teacher killed during exams in eastern DR Congo

At least two students and a teacher were killed and several other teachers kidnapped after a primary school holding exams was attacked by unidentified gunmen in eastern Congo, authorities and the United Nations said on Friday.Exact details of the...

US says airstrike kills 6 al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia

The United States military says it killed six al-Shabaab extremists with an airstrike in Somalia after the al-Qaeda-linked group attacked Somali forces while U.S. forces were nearby.The U.S. Africa Command statement said Monday’s airstrike was carried out near Darasalam...

Rwanda approaches France for the extradition of genocide suspect

Rwanda’s government has written to France requesting the extradition of a key suspect in the East African nation’s genocide a quarter-century ago, officials said Wednesday.Maj. Gen. Aloys Ntiwiragabo, a former head of Rwanda’s military intelligence service, recently was found...

At least 15 dead in as rebels attack southern Burundi

At least 15 people were killed when gunmen attacked  Bugarama district in Rumonge province in southern Burundi, three local witnesses told Reuters on Monday.It was unclear whether the dead were members of the security forces, civilians or the attackers....

Death toll from rebel siege on Mogadishu hotel rises to 16

At least 16 people were killed in an attack on Sunday by the Islamist group al Shabaab on a seaside hotel in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, according to government spokesman Ismail Mukhtar Omar.The toll includes 11 victims and five assailants,...

Death toll from fighting from disarmament exercise in S.Sudan now 148

The death toll in South Sudan’s Warrap State has risen to 148 following fighting this past weekend during a disarmament exercise, a local government official said on Friday, and the U.N. has deployed forces to maintain calm in the...
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Unusually heavy rains in Senegal expose big gap in $1.4B flood plan

ReutersMore than two weeks after heavy rains hit Senegal, thigh-high stagnant water still fills streets in Dakar’s suburbs, as...
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Fmr French president Sarkozy to know fate in cash-from-Libya case

AFPA Paris appeals court will rule Thursday on a legal challenge by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and former aides against an investigation into claims that...

US Secretary of States pushes for breakthrough on Sudan deal

AFPWith weeks to go before US elections, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is racing to make a breakthrough with Sudan that he hopes could...

Ouattara party dares Ivorians, says will hold election with or without opposition

ReutersIvory Coast’s ruling party said on Tuesday it will push ahead with the October election regardless of whether the opposition participate, comments likely to...

Egypt’s Sisi committed to ridding Libya of militia, regional interference

ReutersEgypt is committed to helping Libyans “rid their country of armed militias and terrorist organizations, and put an end to the blatant interference of...